S&P closes barely lower despite N. Korea tensions

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was down 82.37 points, or 0.37 percent, to 22,002.97, the S&P 500 .SPX had lost 8.34 points, or 0.34 percent, to 2,466.58 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC had dropped 38.99 points, or 0.61 percent, to 6,331.47.

After scaling back from record highs earlier in the session, Wall Street's three major indexes dipped after Trump said North Korea "will be met with fire and fury" like the world has never seen if it threatens the United States.

Trump had told North Korea to not "make any more threats" to the US or the country "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

"Trump's comments about North Korea have created nervousness and the fear is if the president really means what he said "fire and fury". The bench mark S&P 500 Index settled at 2474.92, down 5.99 or -0.24% and the tech-based NASDAQ-100 Index finished the session at 6368.43, down 15.34 or -0.24%.

The pullback on Tuesday was partially attributed to growing tensions over North Korea's ballistic missile program, with Pyongyang warning that it is "carefully examining" a potential strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. The S&P hasn't moved more than 0.5 percent in one day since July and has fallen more than 1 percent only twice this year. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks ticked up 0.2% to 1,416.

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He described the act as sacrilegious, adding, it was wrong for the perpetrators to extend their quarrel into the church. One account gave the toll as eight killed and 18 injured, although other reports put the number of dead much higher.

Technology and consumer-focused companies helped lift USA stocks higher Tuesday, steering the market indexes further into record territory. Travel-review website operator TripAdvisor was down 2.7 percent. It fell 19 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $49.39 per barrel Monday in NY.

About 6.22 billion shares changed hands on US stock exchanges, slightly above the 6.15 billion average for the last 20 sessions. Energy stocks fell along with crude prices as investors kept an eye on the latest company earnings and geopolitical news. Brent crude, the global standard, lost 28 cents to $52.09 a barrel in London. The euro edged down to $1.1726 from $1.1751. Subsequently, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, is down by 5.5 basis points at 2.228%. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index tumbled by 1.3 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell by 0.4 percent.

MARKETS ABROAD: In Europe, Germany's DAX rose 0.3 percent, while France's CAC 40 added 0.2 percent.

Upmarket clothing brands Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors were early winners on the United States stock market on Tuesday, surprising investors with their quarterly performance despite a tough climate for retailers.